Why not Dental appliances for sleep apnea treatment?

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Why not Dental appliances for sleep apnea treatment?

For Obstructive Sleep apnea (OSA), CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is the standard treatment, remarkably effective at maintaining the airflow and eliminating interrupted breathing caused by sleep apnea.

The biggest challenge to CPAP's success in sleep apnea treatment has been compliance with the machine as it involves wearing a mask for the entire night. Patients often feel uncomfortable, especially in the beginning of the treatment and this unwillingness might lead them to its inconsistent use, leaving the therapy or patients turning to a dental solution in hopes of finding a more comfortable treatment.

So here we will talk about certain side effects or say, few facts you should know while considering Dental appliances for any sleep disorder treatment.

Side effects of Dental Appliance for Sleep Apnea treatment

The below given issues will encompass most of the concerns with dental sleep therapy.

  1. Dry Mouth: Once you start getting comfortable with your Dental Device for sleep apnea treatment, dryness of mouth may bother you. However, this is more common in people who have nasal congestion or difficulty in breathing through nose. Also, if the appliance you are using is too large and does not allow your lips to close over it, parted lips for the whole night may lead to dryness of the mouth.

  2.  Hyper Salivation: While some people experience dry mouth during the course of using their dental appliances, majority experience increased salivary flow. Hyper salivation can be observed with any type of mouthpiece we may use. As throughout the years, we are sleeping with nothing in our mouth. When a large piece of plastic is inserted in it, our body might try to adjust itself creating excess of saliva.

  3. Tooth Discomfort: One of the most likely complications for adopting Dental appliances for Sleep disorder treatment is Tooth discomfort. The Dental device fixed inside the mouth might exert pressure on your teeth causing temporary soreness. However, the problem can easily be alleviated by little bit of adjustments in the fitted dental sleep devices.

  4. TMJ and Muscle Discomfort: TMJ or temporomandibular joint is the joint that connects your jaws to the temporal bones of your skull. Since the majority of Dental devices for sleep apnea work by moving the lower jaw forward (to open the airways and throat) there lies a huge risk of causing TMJ muscle discomfort. You are likely to have TMJ soreness if you feel pain in jaws by yawning, chewing, opening the mouth widely and hear a popping or clicking sound when you open and close mouth. Even though long term muscle discomfort and soreness with Dental sleep apnea treatment occurs in rare cases, certain patients with this problem may have to quit wearing dental appliances for some time.

  5. Tooth Movement and Bite Changes: While wearing dental devices, due to the forward movement of the lower jaw, different forces are exerted on the teeth and the jaw. These forces can cause your teeth to move and your jaw to be repositioned while changing your bite. Even though, there are certain jaw exercises that will help you reset your bite, you still need to consult your doctor to determine if one of these types of appliances is right for your situation.

  6. Loose Teeth: One of the least common side effects to using this Sleep disorder treatment is loosening of teeth. The problem is usually experienced by those who already have issue in their teeth which is further irritated by a dental appliance.

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